Approximately 120 women and their families will be attending the Living Well with Secondary Breast Cancer Forum, which is being held today (Thursday, May 9) in Brisbane.
Secondary, or metastatic, breast cancer involves the spread of cancer cells to other organs or parts of the body. It can occur several years after treatment has been completed for primary breast cancer.
This forum has been designed to inform participants about the latest developments in breast cancer treatment, as well as provide them with strategies to improve their physical and mental health.
In Australia, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. The latest statistics from the government's Cancer Australia website reveal that it accounts for 27.4 per cent of all cancers diagnosed in women.
According to the 2012 Report to the Nation: Breast Cancer, one in eight women will be diagnosed with this condition by the time they are 85 years old.
However, survival rates are continuing to improve thanks to innovative treatments and a growing awareness of the disease. Within the past two decades, the number of people who have beaten breast cancer in Australia has increased from 72 per cent to 89.4 per cent.
Early diagnosis is a person's best chance at getting this illness treated and getting on with life.
Private health insurance can help cover breast cancer treatment-related costs, such as hospital accommodation, theatre fees, intensive care and the right to choose your own doctor.
If you are interested in setting up a health insurance policy, or would like some more information about what is available, contact HICA today.